‘The Worst Person in the World’ (2021) | Movie Review

Directed By:

Joachim Trier

Written By:

Joachim Trier, Eskil Vogt


Renate Reinsve, Anders Danielsen Lie, Mia McGovern Zaini


Comedy, Drama, Romance

Rated: R for sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and some language

‘The Worst Person in the World’ is a refreshing spin on a romantic dramedy about love and self-exploration. It chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), who doesn’t seem to know exactly what she wants in life. She chooses multiple careers, to drop them for another. She is in love but still feels like she is missing something. Whether she is able to find what she needs, and if her motives are destructive to anyone associated with her is up for questioning in this international film that I believe could win this year for best international film.

Let’s face it, everyone at one point in time have been aimless in life. Sometimes things feel like a choice, some thrust on you. Sure it’s wonderful to have life planned out from when you were in high school but rarely do those plans every really work out. What I love with ‘The Worst Person in the World’ is you can easily relate to Julie in her quest to feel completely satisfied in her life. the mixture of choices that you can easily judge as selfish and cruel but can also understand on an emotional level. The performance by Renate Reinsve is astounding.

Supporting characters like Julies two love interests played by Hans Olav Brenner and Anders Danielsen Lie both have excellent chemistry and well rounded and developed. The humor is great, there are some really great scenes involving the relationships that I loved. The lighting and cinematography are well done, and the directing is incredibly strong.

I knew nothing about this movie and found it as one of the most human and moving films this year. I felt really connected to this romantic comedy much like I did when I watched ‘500 Days of Summer’ back in high school. But this is much more real, much more of a reflection of what love and life truly is, and one I would recommend.

Rating: 9 out of 10.
Patrick Beatty
Patrick Beatty

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